What Is A Bronchus?

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A bronchus, also called bronchi, is a passage of airway in the respiratory system that conducts air into the lungs. The first bronchi to branch from the trachea are the right main bronchus and the left main bronchus which are the widest. They enter the lungs at each hilum, where they branch into narrower secondary bronchi known as lobar bronchi, and these branch into narrower tertiary bronchi known as segmental bronchi. Further divisions of the segmental bronchi are known as 4th order, 5th order, and 6th order segmental bronchi, or grouped together as subsegmental bronchi. The bronchi that are too narrow to be supported by cartilage are known as bronchioles. No gas exchange takes place in the bronchi. Keywords: bronchus; bronchus_; bronchus__